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The gripping new novel from the author of the Sunday Times top 10 best sellers The Dry and Force of Nature.

He had started to remove his clothes as logic had deserted him, and his skin was cracked. Whatever had been going through Cameron's mind when he was alive, he didn't look peaceful in death.

Two brothers meet at the remote border of their vast cattle properties under the unrelenting sun of the outback. In an isolated part of Australia, they are each other's nearest neighbour, their homes hours apart.

They are at the stockman's grave, a landmark so old that no one can remember who is buried there. But today, the scant shadow it casts was the last hope for their middle brother, Cameron. The Bright family's quiet existence is thrown into grief and anguish. 

Something had been troubling Cameron. Did he choose to walk to his death? Because if he didn't, the isolation of the outback leaves few suspects....

©2018 Jane Harper (P)2018 Little, Brown Book Group

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Addictive

This book, in some ways so simple, drew me in immediately and kept me interested. No need for a new murder every few pages, this is really well plotted with just the right amount of pace.

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Excellent story and perfectly narrated.

I thoroughly enjoyed this latest book from Jane Harper and think it’s actually her best yet, certainly better than Force of Nature. The story kept me guessing which is what a good thriller is all about. The narration was perfect with each person having a distinctive voice and I really felt the heat and the dust of outback Australia. Can’t wait for her next book.

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The Perfect Book

I resented having to go to bed and sleep halfway through listening to this. What a terrific story. It gradually gathers pace, enlisting our sympathy and interest in a cast of well-developed and believable characters. There's just the right amount of the uncanny about this too: different versions of why someone is buried out in the middle of nowhere and the impact that remote grave is having on people still alive (in some cases, not for long, though). More effectively than just about any other contemporary author, Harper makes the landscape an active participant in the drama. And I don't know anyone better at describing the interplay of unhealthy family dynamics - especially between siblings. At times the tension felt both unbearable and irresistible - like watching the final five minutes of a crucial match. You will not want to miss this book.

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A trip to the Outback without actually going there

This extremely well written book is both suspenseful and adept at giving one the feeling of what it must be like living miles from anywhere in the harsh climate of the Australian Outback. You can hardly imagine why anyone would want to live there but then you get the perspective of characters who would not be anywhere else. Woven into the landscape is a story that you could hardly expect to take place in such a remote location. What can I say? Just "read it".

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Evocative and moving

Jane Harper writes about life in remote parts of Australia wonderfully. She describes the procedures and the emotions so well, from the organisation of the essential foodstuffs, to the incredible loneliness, to the underlying and longstanding interpersonal problems. This book has been a joy to listen to.

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Good, if you can get past the very slow start

After listening to The Dry and the sequel, I expected good things from this book. I’m in a book group and use audible rather than read, so I will persevere even if a book isn’t for me.
Be warned the start is VERY slow. I found my mind wandering and had to keep rewinding. If this weren’t for book club, I’d have given up some time before the story grabbed my attention. It seemed to take a long time before I began to enjoy the story. That said, I’m glad I persevered, the story does pick up pace and by the end, I did enjoy the various twists and turns, appreciating the skilful interweaving of the various threads. The book loses stars due to the dull start. It would get a much higher rating from me with some heavy editing of the first few chapters.

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Back on form

I loved the first book from this author, didn’t understand the hype over the second. This is back on form. A beautifully written story of a family and it’s relationships set in well described Australian outback heat.

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Lost man

Listen to this. You will love it. Just as wonderful as her others. Another masterpiece

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Excellent

Authentic. Immersive. Evocative. A great imaginative story, really well read . A whole different world from green and temperate England.

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BRILLIANT!

Jane Harper's third novel, and the best by far, a writer who just gets better and better.
Beautifully written, conveying a great sense of life in the outback, and combining a sense of a family struggling to survive against the temperatures and vast distances. All this and the mystery of the discovery of a dead sibling.
Every chapter brimming from start to finish with taut suspense.
Great Read.

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